Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

honey arugula & avocado pizza

In appetizers, baking, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, snacks, vegetarian on 01.19.12 at 8:22 pm

avocado makes most things yummy. pizza is no exception. :)

i’m always on the lookout for inventive recipes that feature avocado. while i’ve infused avocado into many a culinary experiment, i thought it was about time i make this lovely tropical fruit a pizza topping. and i was so glad i did. :)

– preheat oven to 400F

prep the dough:
– sprinkle some whole-wheat flour on a clean surface before rolling out the fresh pizza dough (i bought some fresh from the bakery.)
– using a rolling pin, flatten out the dough into a thin, round pie
– sprinkle some more flour on the dough pie, flip over before applying the rolling pin again
– place the prepped dough pie on a pizza stone (at room temperature) or a lightly-greased, round baking pan

prep the toppings:
– 1 cup fresh organic arugula
– 1 haas avocado (peeled, pitted, sliced)
– 1/2 red bell pepper (pitted, thinly sliced)
– fresh light mozzarella (grated)

prep the pie:
– spread 2 tbsp plain, low-fat greek yogurt evenly on pizza dough
– lightly drizzle honey
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– add a bed of fresh arugula, then add sliced avocado & peppers
– sprinkle mozzarella (grated) evenly over toppings
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

bake the pie:
– bake pizza at 400F for 20min, or until crust is golden brown
– remove from oven & allow to cool on rack before slicing

(tip: the drizzled honey may soften the dough a bit, so you may need to adjust the baking time by a few minutes longer, depending on your oven.) 

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roasted carrot & broccoli quinoa

In brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free, leftovers, lunch, side dishes, vegan, vegetarian on 01.18.12 at 7:12 pm

back on my quinoa kick… toasted with some vibrant veggies!

this is a simple way to repurpose leftover apple-glazed roasted carrots and use up that extra broccoli that’s been sitting in the crisper in your fridge. oh yeah, and quinoa is a fantastic way to add a little fiber boost to a dish.

prep veggies:
– chop leftover roasted carrots into thin sticks
– cut broccoli into small florets

the quinoa:
– bring to a boil: 1 cup (250mL) organic quinoa & 2 cups water in a small pot (no cover)
– then reduce to simmer, cover pot and cook until the water is absorbed into the grains (approx 10-12 min). it’s ready when the grain is translucent.
– allow to cool, then fluff with a fork

the stirfry:
while the quinoa is cooking, start stirfrying the veggies.
– add broccoli florets to a large wok on medium heat
– add 1/4 cup water to wok and blanch broccoli until it turns a vibrant green and slightly tender
– heat up 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil in a large wok
– add 1/4 white onion (peeled, rough chop) to wok

– add a dash of sea salt
– add chopped carrots to wok
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– stirfry for a few minutes until veggies are warmed up
– add 1.5 cups cooked quinoa and toss with veggies in wok, until quinoa is slightly toasted

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recipe roundup: more soup for you!

In appetizers, culinary experiments, easy weeknight meals, recipe roundup, side dishes on 01.13.12 at 12:42 pm

i’m not really a chicken-noodle-soup-kinda-gal. and while i wouldn’t say no to a warm bowl of this household fave, i’d much rather nosh on a hearty bowl of clam chowder, slowcooked meaty stew or oh-so-creamy veggie soup. oh yes.

so i thought i’d share a roundup of my fave yumyumyummers recipes for soups and stews. but not to worry, it’s not like that hilarious scene from one of my fave shows on the telly… i won’t make you lineup and place your soup order in a particular way. ;) more soup for you! hope you enjoy these homemade soups as much as i do!

almond butternut squash soup
ancho chile black bean chili
celery broccoli soup
coconut leek & corn chowder

green lentil & veggie soup
roasted acorn squash soup
roasted butternut squash soup
roasted parsnip & carrot soup
roasted tomato bisque 

slowcooked bison stew
slowcooked borscht
turkey & split pea soup
zucchini kale soup 

quick poll: is chicken noodle soup is your favorite kind of soup?

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